A people operations leader with success across multiple industries designing and implementing strategy for right-sizing effective people systems, enabling cohesion, clarity and capacity. From consumer packaged goods to financial services, tech to healthcare, security to cannabis, l develop and adapt organizational design, scaling human capital to meet shifting strategic needs.
With a background in law and expertise in enterprise transformation, I guide companies from start-ups to multinationals and understand the implications and benefits of successful talent strategies for enterprise growth including: talent acquisition, orientation and onboarding, performance management, leadership development, employee experience and engagement, compensation, rewards and recognition, and employee and labour relations. I love building and enabling exceptional teams to nail their purpose, define their values, implement strategy, clarify accountabilities, drive transparency and build awesome culture.
In my free time I work with Kids Help Phone, run, play hockey or golf, read, play with my kids, or make a racket in the music room downstairs.
Andrea Poptsis is transformational leader who excels at bringing order to chaos. She has over 20 years experience working with high-growth businesses, ranging from start-ups to new divisions within established corporations, across a variety of industries and geographies. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organizing committee where her financial, administrative and operational stewardship resulted in the games being delivered significantly under budget. Prior to Invictus, she was a key member of the Province of Ontario's 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games Secretariat where she led teams in finance, risk management and operations. Working on these complex, multi-stakeholder projects, Andrea learned how to get things done within government and the broader public service. She also has extensive private sector experience including serving as CFO of Pink Tartan, working in technology and media venture capital and advising start ups on growth, financing and corporate development.
Andrea has an H.B.A. from Ivey Business School and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. She sits on two not for profit boards and is a reluctant hockey mom who loves to play tennis.
Lisa Coulman is a C-suite executive with strong financial literacy and a proven track record of solving a diverse range of financial and operational business problems for technology and media & entertainment clients. As a former Partner at PwC, Lisa obtained an in-depth understanding of industry trends, business challenges and opportunities from providing business advice to over 100 companies. Lisa has been a board member and chair of the Nominating & Governance committee for Interactive Ontario since 2016. She also is a board member and chair of the Resources and Audit committee for William Osler Health System.
I help CEO's, Executive Teams and boards drive defined outcomes and objectives in the private, public and not for profit sectors (profits, market share; fundraising, patient care, brand) through the lens of people. I spark transformation enabling businesses to survive and thrive in complex and disruptive situations. With substantial industry and consulting experience, I have a strong record of success helping leaders and organizations move flawlessly from vision to practical solutions with energy and passion. I connect the dots in complex situations, ask the tough questions, help people see the gaps, hear what is not said and effectively manage people and team dynamics. Key capabilities include: HR/People (organization and process design; people/talent strategies; talent management including executive coaching, leadership development, and full cycle talent management; HR function management; living the brand; volunteer engagement); Strategic and Operational planning (strategy articulation; objective cascades; change and program/ project management). Proven results in For-Profit; Not-for-Profit; Private Equity; Family Owned and Operated businesses in a variety of industries. My drive to succeed is balanced with a strong moral compass, humility, compassion and determination to see others grow and succeed. Using empathy on the "hard" side of change while bringing structure, discipline, focus to the people side of change, I provide a balanced approach to achieve results.
Global Operations Executive. Innovative, entrepreneurial leader with a keen eye for identifying business and operational improvement opportunities, defining strategies, creating advanced systems, and developing high performance teams. Equally capable in crisis and rapid growth management situations with a focus on continuous improvement, market share growth, profit enhancement, and business revitalization. Proven ability to build strong customer relationships.
Operations leader with 20+ years of experience integrating, optimizing and increasing the bottom line in the high-end Consumer Package Goods industry in Europe, Asia and North America. Includes 10+ years refining P&G Omni-channel Operations in Canada and the USA.
An awarded FinTech business leader with international product management experience in start-ups and corporate environments.
With a vast background in digital design, he has developed successful businesses in senior roles in product management and innovation, payment, cybersecurity and loyalty in North and South America.
Capable of identifying viable opportunities, coordinating creative product design and driving processes to fast-track banks in the incorporation of FinTech innovations. Through persuasive communication and integrity, he creates trust to promote change.
His international background and design thinking skills help transforming company culture, designing customer-centric strategies, and deploying services and products based on team-building and shared values.
Healthcare Leader and medical doctor, who co-founded and operated two private hospitals internationally. Extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare management, including recruiting and training of multi-disciplinary medical teams, as well as finance/budgeting,
operations, and marketing. Involved with organizational strategy at the board level. Known as an entrepreneurial and innovative leader who built teams that established quality patient care measures, reduced costs and led transformation from non-profit to for-profit hospital facilities. Combines an analytical and lean approach with visionary and innovative thinking, to become the catalyst for change, in search of excellence in healthcare management. Passionate about helping healthcare organizations apply a holistic approach to patient care. Recently graduated from the Sloan Leadership and Strategy Program of the London Business School.
Michael N. Cato
A highly experienced and results driven sales management leader with a broad breadth of success in leading businesses and organizations. Also recognized for his leadership in transforming sales organizations experiencing internal and external environmental challenges.
Known for creating and executing compelling, focused and metrics driven strategic business plans with sales and marketing solutions that fuel both top and bottom-line growth.
An outstanding reputation for fostering consensus and working cross functionally, and advancing best practices. A builder of high performance sales teams with a disciplined focus on driving sustainable and profitable growth. Empowers the development of a positive sales culture employing a constructive, forward thinking and customer-centric approach focused around exceeding sales results.
Established 'trusted advisor relationships' with major retailers across North America, while working within a variety of CPG and healthcare sectors.
Initiates action with an unwavering commitment to accountability, ignites excitement and engagement from both internal and external customers and stakeholders.
Accomplished senior executive with deep experience in P&L ownership, digital transformation, and customer experience redesign. Customer zealot. People-focused leader recognized for ability to think and plan strategically while ensuring operational delivery.
Heather holds B.Comm (Honours) and MBA degrees and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Market-driven, customer-focused executive, with over 20 years of experience in financial services. Known for being a trusted advisor, building and maintaining strong client relationships and deploying financing solutions for my clients, driving outcomes that strengthen their balance sheet, improve business performance and increase enterprise value.
Extensive international work experience within diverse industries including Utilities, Government, Technology and Health Care. An original and creative thinker known for managing strategic transactions and solving complex challenges. High-energy respected leader who builds and develops large teams, managing and coaching them to deliver results, meet corporate objectives, and solve complex problems.
Prior to Financial Services, worked in Healthcare with leading healthcare institutions in Europe, North America and Africa.
Experienced Director currently serving on the Boards of West Park Healthcare Centre and Prostate Cancer Canada.
Education: ICD.D (Rotman), Masters In Finance (London Business School), MBA (York University) and Physiotherapy (Trinity College Dublin)